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IFC News: “Gymkata,” Sundance wraps.

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"Read the air itself. It has much say to you."
This week on IFC News:

Matt Singer
meditates at length on a film that has haunted him in a white whale fashion for much of his still somewhat nascent career. The film is 1985’s "Gymkata." The DVD comes out tomorrow:

As [Roger] Ebert noted, it’s difficult to categorize "Gymkata" in simple good or bad terms. By any standard definition, the film is terrible. The acting is amateurish, the story confusing when it’s not altogether incoherent, and the dialogue often sounds like it was written by a computer program designed to string together random words into sentences. But anyone who has seen "Gymkata" cannot deny that it also holds a strange sway over the viewer; it’s bad, but not painfully bad. In fact, it’s one of those movies that is so utterly misguided it’s almost pleasurable to watch. And it’s an easy to movie to watch again, and again. I’d estimate I’ve seen in nearly two dozen times in the last decade.

IFC News‘ collected Sundance coverage is here; that includes the video podcasts (eight of them to date), our own blog mutterings, and Michael Scasserra‘s coverage — he’s reviewed various films we have not, including "Crazy Love," "Fido" and "Teeth."

In his DVD column, Michael Atkinson tackles "Idiocracy" and "Sherrybaby":

It’s a messy movie, and Judge‘s low budget sometimes forces him to cut corners. But it should be seen and kudoed just for its principled stance against the cretinism most American entertainment happily exploits. Ah, if only the Bush-voting, war-mongering, "American Idol"-hypnotized, "Wheel of Fortune"-challenged, book-allergic, super-sized, Velveeta-slurping wrestling-&-Toby Keith devotees out there would see "Idiocracy" and take the slap in the face like grown-ups.

Mmm, Velveeta. Finally, over at the podcast, we look back wearily, fondly and with a 101 degree fever at Sundance, 2007.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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